Publix shoppers are the latest targets of a coupon scam on Facebook promising $75 off an $80 purchase. Customers took to social media to report receiving a link by private message, complete with expiration date, UPC code, terms and conditions and even the Publix logo and slogan.
The link directs users to a fake Publix website, then prompts them to share the offer with 15 friends — but not before entering their personal information to receive the gift card.
The grocery chain quickly addressed the hoax on Facebook and Twitter:
“There is a fraudulent Publix coupon circulating on social media that states $75 off your purchase of $80 or more,'” the company said. “This is not supported by Publix, and this coupon is not valid at any of our locations. We recommend not participating in the promotion or providing your personal information.”
Publix is investigating the situation.
If you receive a scammy coupon, it’s best to ignore it. And if a company offers a discount, be sure to confirm its legitimacy before turning over any personal information. Giving up personal details like your full name, address and email can help scammers target you in the future and use your own information against you, potentially even stealing your identity (and wrecking your credit) in the process.
If you have reason to believe your data has been compromised, you may want to keep an eye on your credit report (you can get free annual credit reports — here’s how). You can also view two of your credit scores for free, updated monthly, on Credit.com.
More on Identity Theft:
- Identity Theft: What You Need to Know
- How Do I Dispute an Error on My Credit Report?
- How Can You Tell If Your Identity Has Been Stolen?
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